House of Reps to intensify fight against casualisation

House of Reps to intensify fight against casualisation
January 10 17:27 2019 Print This Article

By Martin Odiete

The House of Representatives Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity says it will with henceforth take the issue of casualisation of workers in public and private sectors very serious.

Chairman of the committee, Rep Ezenwa Onyewuchi, (PDP-Imo) noted that they would put more pressure on the relevant government ministry and agency toward addressing the issues.

Onyewuchi, who represents Owerri Municipal/North/West Federal Constituency, said it was disheartening that in spite of the various labour laws in the country, enforcement had become the major setback.

”You’ll find out that there are laws, yes, and we are also updating some of the laws on casualisation.

”But the issue of casualisation is one that has to do more with enforcement because somebody has to actually go in to see the real situation on ground.

”But it still does not stop us from putting pressure on the ministry concerned to ensure that the issue of casualisation is effectively tackled,” he said.

The lawmaker also attributed the problem of casualisation to high unemployment rate in the country.

”Because of the unemployment rate in the country, some people will just make do with whatever job you offer them.

”They tell you ‘half bread is better than none.’’ So, instead of staying at home not doing anything, some of them are under-employed; seriously shortchanged,” he said.

Onyewuchi said the house committee had made a lot of efforts aimed at finding a lasting solution to the menace.

”If you have followed the activities of this committee, you will realise that we have carried out public hearings on the issue of casualisation.

”We have also invited some of those organisations.

”We have invited the labour union; the president of the NLC was here, all the other leaders of the organised labour attended.

”And we brainstormed and tried to find a solution to the issue of casualisation of workers,” he concluded.

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